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King's Cross..........is it ok for lone female traveller?

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1. Posted by susanm (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y

Hi there,
I'm flying into Sydney next month for a one year WHV. I'm a 28 yr old female travelling alone (first time) and i've booked into the Blue Parrot hostel. I didn't realize at the time that's it's very near King's Cross. I've a couple of friends who've been to Oz and are advising me to change my accomodation. They said it's a bit seedy and wouldn't be a great idea since i'll be alone.

For anybody who's been there, especially girls.......whatcha think???

Thanks
Susan

2. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 8y

The first time when I was in Sydney by myself, I stayed at the Pink House in King's Cross and before arriving had the same doubts like you. In the end the area is fine, fair enough you'll find a few seedy looking characters hanging around there, but since it is really busy (especially at night) I never felt threatened or unsafe. I suppose it's mainly important to use common sense just like anywhere else. And on top of that I'm sure you'll meet other backpackers at your hostel and won't be alone for very long anyway. So, I'd say don't be too worried and have a great start in Australia ;).

Steff

3. Posted by LusciousLu (Budding Member 72 posts) 8y

Hi Susan

I chose not to stay in Kings Cross because of the lone female thing and am now very happily holed up in gorgeous Glebe at the YHA...a place so laidback I have fallen over!

Just beautiful, chilled out and yet close to the city.

You can probably cancel your booking if you want to. Come to Glebe...Come to gorgeous Gleeeeeeebe!

Depends on what sort of a life you want I suppose though. I just spent a week in the city and it was hectic, polluted and expensive...good for access and getting around but you can hop on a bus easy anywhere you decide to stay.

I walked from Taylor Square all the way back to the southern end of George St last Saturday and felt quite safe in the city but I am glad to be away from the seediness and capitalism of the city centre now.

I spent 4 weeks trying to choose my first hostel, just book in somewhere for a very short time if you want and go around and look at some others elsewhere once you arrive perhaps? See which area you prefer. Pssstttt Glebe! ;)

4. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 8y

I know the area well (I'm a Sydney-sider) and I know where the Blue Parrot is.

It's technically in Potts Point rather than Kings Cross. To get to and from the train station you can bypass the main street of Kings Cross if you want to (Darlinghurst Road) and go down Victoria Street, which also happens to have a few hostels on it. There is a private girls school (St Vincents) in Potts Point and that's the way they get to school (I have old friends that went there). Look it up on google maps.

Personally I love Potts Point but I'm not a fan of the Cross, so it's a tricky one. As someone else said, the Cross is fairly busy at night so if you are coming back late at night you should be fine. The impression I get is that not a lot of bad stuff actually "happens" to people in the Cross, it's just that it is seedy and you will no doubt encounter some seedy people. All in all though, you will be fine.

Glebe's nice, but not as central. Plus, it has a few weirdos (according to my friend that lives there).

If it was me, I'd stay at the Kings Cross place. You can always catch a taxi back there if you're returning late at night.

5. Posted by SOMV (Budding Member 57 posts) 8y

I completely agree - I've lived in Sydney for 25 years, now living in London, and compared to almost all areas of London, King's Cross is completely safe. King's Cross is a great place to stay becuase it is easy to get to Bondi and the City. It also has some fantastic back streets etc.

It used to be a bit of a dump, but that's years ago. Even the prostitutes seem to have moved off. Or maybe they do just come out at night now.

I've been to the Raaperbahn (sorry, I can't remember how to spell it) in Hamburg and in my opinion it is much worse than King's Cross. (I felt pretty safe there too, the only people who were scary were the Britts men, drunk and out of control, out for some fun on thier Stag parties).

6. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4835 posts) 8y

Quoting james

Glebe's nice, but not as central. Plus, it has a few weirdos (according to my friend that lives there).

He/She must mean us backpackers with that. ^_^ As for the non-centralness: the good thing about travelling is that you're not on a tight clock. As long as there's a constant stream of busses: who cares? (Plus it's a great walk to the city center if you go via Darling Harbour rather than Broadway.)

Quoting LusciousLu

See which area you prefer. Pssstttt Glebe! ;)

*grins* I'm glad we've made one convert, at least. :)

7. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 8y

Quoting Sander

Quoting james

Glebe's nice, but not as central. Plus, it has a few weirdos (according to my friend that lives there).

He/She must mean us backpackers with that. ^_^ As for the non-centralness: the good thing about travelling is that you're not on a tight clock. As long as there's a constant stream of busses: who cares? (Plus it's a great walk to the city center if you go via Darling Harbour rather than Broadway.)

Quoting LusciousLu

See which area you prefer. Pssstttt Glebe! ;)

*grins* I'm glad we've made one convert, at least. :)

Glebe has a lot of public housing apparently, and there are a few social problems. A bit of a mixture of the wealthier and the struggling living alongside of each other.

8. Posted by susanm (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y

Thank you all for your help. I've booked into the yha in Glebe. I'm up up and away in 4 and a half weeks. Yippee..........yucky Irish weather behind for some yummy sun!

9. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 8y

What's your secret, Sander ;)?
[/quote]*grins* I'm glad we've made one convert, at least. :)[/quote]

Glebe's also one of my favourite parts of town and I can only recommend to check out the saturday market.

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